"It's just too much work to maintain without any income for the operating members," says Ryan Weitzel, who's one of four board members and also runs Exit Stencil. "I work other jobs for personal income, and this place is a full-time job -- several full-time jobs, in fact."
In March 2006, the organization made a short move to its current location, a 1926 building originally owed by the Romanian Orthodox church. A volunteer staff booked and worked shows featuring groups from all over the world; two highlights were Ian MacKaye's the Evens and psychedelic rockers the Red Krayola. The venue hosted arty local rockers, including This Moment in Black History and the New Lou Reeds. (Frontman Stephe DK was a board member.)
Non-music programming ranged from experimental films by Sublime Frequencies to shows by such artists as Amy Casey. The space presented the kind of conceptual attractions you don't get in rock clubs, such as Silly Putty, an indoor putt-putt golf course that stood for a month, giving music fans something extra to do during shows.
Parish Hall's final show is a CD-release party with Mystery of Two, Weitzel's avant-rock group, on Friday, September 14.
"We were in the right place at the right time for Parish Hall to happen," Weitzel says. "And I think that the city and cultural landscape benefited for the short time we were around."
· Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter has donated the piano he wrote "Cleveland Rocks" on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
· Jib Machine Records has launched a podcast that's full of local music and voices from the scene. Episodes include music from Audiblethread, Hot Ham & Cheese, and Jerks in Jeans, plus interviews with Happy Dog owner Billy Scanlon and vendor Antoine the Street Merchant. Get an earful at www.jibmachinerecords.podomatic.com.
· Akron rapper KC's new Doomsday: Return of the Real is now available exclusively on iTunes. Search for the album's full title; KC's a heckuva writer, but when it comes to his performance name, he's far from original.
· Gil Mantera's Party Dream will record a fourth CD in November at New York City's Broadway Sound. Shane X. Conry, whose credits include a hit dance remix of Madonna's "Nothing Fails," will produce. Conry worked with the new-wave revivalists on the Dream's 2006 Bloodsongs.
Frontman Ultimate Donny says the duo should be ready to release its first DVD by then. The disc will feature two live shows and three videos. Footage from a different show is available at www.baeblemusic.com, a site with shows from indie bands, including the Killers and Blonde Redhead.
· Visit blogs.clevescene.com to see more -- because we can tell you the Party Dream is unlike any band you've ever experienced, but you really need to see it for yourself.